November 17, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Junior Varsity Belmont Bulldogs took a huge step forward towards a first ever Provincial Football Championship appearance Thursday afternoon with a demolishing 33-0 quarter-final win over Terry Fox Secondary of Vancouver to punch their ticket into the final four, semi-final to take place next Thursday.
The win puts Belmont’s football program into the final four for the first time in the six year history of their AAA high school level program.
The Bulldogs have been a dominant force this season, outscoring their opponents 196-57 over six regular and post season appearances, speaking volumes of the well-rounded coaching of Head Coach Alexis Sanschagrin, his coaching staff, and the offensive and defensive squads of the Langford-based team.
When asked about his team’s performance Thursday afternoon, Coach Sanschagrin couldn’t be happier with their performance.
“This group deserves the success they’re experiencing. They’ve worked hard all off-season and have developed a confidence that has transpired on the field this fall. This group has fully bought into the concept of team and everyone is pulling in the same direction. “
The Bulldogs have been nothing short of impressive all season long, marking an undefeated record that started in the preseason and continues as they go into next weekend’s bid for the right to step on the field at BC Place Stadium to compete for the Subway Bowl provincial title held December 1st in Vancouver, BC.
Despite Terry Fox’s 0-3 regular season record, the Thursday match up was not to be taken lightly by Belmont, playing into the stronger AAA Vancouver Metro Division.
Brennan Blondeau and Gerren Hardisty would pair up for the Bulldogs, each scoring a pair of touchdowns in the game in support of the lopsided win. Jason Alexander would also contribute with a TD, and Jordan Russell with a two-point conversion
What was evident from the outcome was an all-around, team performance on both sides of the ball. Tested, neither team would threaten early. Belmont’s defense would do well, keeping their team out of harm’s way all game in turning aside Terry Fox’s offensive threat. Terry Fox’s defense would also rise to the occasion, holding Belmont off the scoreboard in the first quarter, a feat that had not been accomplished by any other team this season. Both teams would play to a scoreless first quarter.
Belmont, taking fifteen minutes to shake off of their sea legs, would open the scoring with two touchdowns in the 2nd quarter to go into the locker room at half time up 12-0 on TD’s by Blondeau and Hardisty.
Brennan Blondeau would pick up his second TD of the game in the third quarter, putting his team up comfortably 20-0. The Bulldogs would put the ball into Jordan Russell’s hands for the successful extra point conversion.
Keeping pressure on Terry Fox through the fourth quarter, testing them offensively with the game already in hand, the Bulldogs would find little push back as Gerren Hardisty would score his second major of the game, followed by Jason Alexander to cap the victory and another statement win.
As the sole Vancouver Island Junior Varsity High School team remaining, the path to the championship is clear as the team will now play Vancouver College in their semi-final match up, in another away game across the pond at Burnaby Lakes.
Looking ahead one game at a time, Coach Sanschagrin would provide a level-minded perspective of the next week’s semi-final game when asked what can be expected. “It’s another road trip for us next week as we are travelling to Burnaby Lakes to faceoff with Vancouver College in the provincial semi-final. They are one of the best programs in the province year in and year out and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Regardless of next week’s result, and looking ahead to football seasons to come, confidence is high within the coaching staff, the players, and Bulldog fans that the Belmont football program is secure with a talent base that can compete at a high caliber for the foreseeable future.
When asked to look ahead to the future of Bulldog football Coach Sanschagrin would close by saying, “I feel we have a good recipe for success at Belmont for the years to come. There’s a solid base of talent on the Westshore at the youth level. We have a phenomenal infrastructure to develop that talent, and we enjoy quality coaches that are invested in mentoring our athletes on and off the field.”
GO DAWGS !!